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Baked Chicken Fingers with Homemade Honey Mustard Sauce

2017 May 26
by Emily Hill

Corn flakes and spices are the secret to these healthy baked chicken fingers with homemade honey mustard. This recipe is totally kid tested and approved!

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Who doesn’t love chicken fingers? They’re crispy on the outside, tender on the inside and serve as the perfect vehicle for delivering ranch dressing, barbecue sauce and honey mustard sauce from dipping bowl to mouth. Plus they’re finger food, which makes them even better.

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Baked Chicken Fingers - Corn flakes and spices are the secret to these healthy baked chicken fingers with homemade honey mustard. This recipe is totally kid tested and approved! | isthisreallymylife.com

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These baked chicken fingers are super versatile. You can add or remove seasonings, double your favorites or try making them exactly as the recipe states. If you want to kick up the spice level, try adding cayenne pepper. You could even throw in a dash of ground cumin—go crazy! I usually make them fairly mild for those family members who aren’t into spicy, but next time I totally want to try spicing them up.

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Baked Chicken Fingers - Corn flakes and spices are the secret to these healthy baked chicken fingers with homemade honey mustard. This recipe is totally kid tested and approved! | isthisreallymylife.com

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Don’t forget the honey mustard dipping sauce. I’m a huge fan of Chick-fil-A sauce and although this isn’t a true copycat Chick-fil-A recipe, it does come close. I firmly believe in using raw honey in all my recipes and on top of all my cornbread. It really does taste the best.

You can find a 2-ingredient copycat Chick-fil-A Sauce recipe here.

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Baked Chicken Fingers - Corn flakes and spices are the secret to these healthy baked chicken fingers with homemade honey mustard. This recipe is totally kid tested and approved! | isthisreallymylife.com

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Printable recipe for baked chicken fingers with honey mustard sauce below. Enjoy!
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Healthy Chicken Fingers with Honey Mustard Sauce
 
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A healthy take on the classic chicken fingers recipe. This one features cornflakes and leaves out the deep frying. Change up the spices until you have the right amount of seasoning and kick!
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Recipe type: Main dish
Serves: 6
Ingredients
Chicken fingers
  • 5 cups cornflakes
  • 1 tsp poultry seasoning
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • ½ to 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp seasoning salt
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 3 T skim milk
  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts
Honey mustard sauce
  • ½ cup plus 2 T low-fat mayonnaise
  • 3 T Dijon mustard
  • 4 T honey
  • 1 T lemon juice
Instructions
Chicken fingers
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Coat two large baking sheets with cooking spray.
  2. Place cornflakes in a blender or food processor and process until mixture resembles coarse bread crumbs.
  3. In a shallow dish, combine cornflakes, poultry seasoning, pepper, garlic powder and salt. Set aside.
  4. In another shallow dish, whisk together egg whites and milk. Set aside.
  5. Cut chicken into strips or large pieces. Dip each strip into egg mixture, then in crumb mixture, turning to coat all sides. Place on baking sheet.
  6. Spray tops of chicken fingers with cooking spray. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes or until chicken is thoroughly cooked and coating is golden brown. Serve hot.
Honey Mustard Sauce
  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and stir until thoroughly combined.

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If you’re a Chick-fil-A fan, I’m certain you will love this recipe for copycat Chick-fil-A chicken nuggets with Chick-fil-A sauce.

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Copycat Chick-fil-A Nuggets and Chick-fil-A Sauce -- This copycat recipe comes super close to the original and is super fun to serve to kids of all ages!

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Pineapple Coconut Protein Smoothie

2017 May 24
by Emily Hill

This pineapple coconut protein smoothie is perfect for those who love the heavenly combination of pineapple and coconut and want a healthy way to drink it!

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Pineapple Coconut Protein Smoothie - This pineapple coconut protein smoothie is perfect for those who love the heavenly combination of pineapple and coconut and want a healthy way to drink it! | isthisreallymylife.com


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This is a sponsored post for Purely Inspired; all thoughts and opinions are mine. Post may include affiliate links, which means if you click on a link and purchase something, you won’t pay anything extra but it will help support this blog.

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Yay for warm, summer weather! Utah has had some crazy temps that last few weeks—even a bit of snow—and it’s nice to finally see some serious sunshine. And though I’m fully aware you can drink protein smoothies all year long, I find them extra refreshing from May to September. My favorite smoothies involve pineapple because it’s as close to the tropics as I’m going to get for a while. If it has coconut like this pineapple coconut protein smoothie, even better!

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Pineapple Coconut Protein Smoothie - This pineapple coconut protein smoothie is perfect for those who love the heavenly combination of pineapple and coconut and want a healthy way to drink it! | isthisreallymylife.com

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As far as I’m concerned, pineapple and coconut is as heavenly a combination as peanut butter and chocolate. This protein smoothie has the perfect combination of pineapple and coconut flavors and uses unsweetened coconut milk and unsweetened shredded coconut to help limit the amount of added sugar. It also has a boost of vanilla flavor and protein thanks to french vanilla protein powder from Purely Inspired. So basically it’s as good for you as eating celery.

.Pineapple Coconut Protein Smoothie - This pineapple coconut protein smoothie is perfect for those who love the heavenly combination of pineapple and coconut and want a healthy way to drink it! | isthisreallymylife.com

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.Pineapple Coconut Protein Smoothie - This pineapple coconut protein smoothie is perfect for those who love the heavenly combination of pineapple and coconut and want a healthy way to drink it! | isthisreallymylife.com

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The recipe for this protein smoothie makes two “healthy” servings, so keep that in mind when whipping up a batch of this summery yumminess!

Printable recipe for pineapple coconut protein smoothie below. Enjoy!
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Pineapple Coconut Protein Smoothie
 
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This pineapple coconut protein smoothie is perfect for those who love the heavenly combination of pineapple and coconut and want a healthy way to drink it!
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Recipe type: Drinks
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • ½ to ¾ cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • ½ to ¾ cup pineapple juice
  • 1 scoop Purely Inspired French Vanilla Organic Protein (or your favorite protein powder)
  • 3 cups frozen unsweetened pineapple chunks
  • 2 T unsweetened shredded coconut
Instructions
  1. Place ingredients in blender in order listed. Blend until smooth. Serve immediately.

.Pineapple Coconut Protein Smoothie - This pineapple coconut protein smoothie is perfect for those who love the heavenly combination of pineapple and coconut and want a healthy way to drink it! | isthisreallymylife.com

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Protein-Packed Low-Carb Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie -- This chocolaty, peanut-buttery, protein-packed smoothie is low carb thanks to unsweetened almond milk, cocoa powder and no-calorie sweetener. | isthisreallymylife.com


Protein-packed low-carb chocolate peanut butter smoothie

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Healthy Strawberry Orange Protein Smoothie -- Orange juice, strawberries, banana and vanilla protein powder come together in this delicious healthy strawberry orange protein smoothie.


Healthy strawberry orange protein smoothie

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Pineapple Coconut Mango Smoothie -- This smoothie has only five ingredients and is packed with antioxidants and vitamins. It features fresh or frozen mango, frozen pineapple, Greek yogurt, coconut milk and banana. So yummy and great for workouts!


Pineapple coconut mango smoothie

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Antioxidant-Packed Tropical Berry Smoothie - This tropical berry smoothie features a blend of pineapple, mangoes and strawberries plus antioxidant-rich organic aronia berry concentrate.


Antioxidant-packed tropical berry smoothie

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 - only 3 ingredients and so yummy!


Pina colada smoothie

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Copycat Peanut Butter Moo'd Smoothie


Copycat peanut butter moo’d smoothie

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Best Ever Macaroni Salad

2017 May 18
by Emily Hill

Who knew macaroni salad could be incredibly easy AND incredibly delicious? This macaroni salad is just that with the perfect blend of veggies and creamy dressing.

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Best Ever Macaroni Salad -- Who knew macaroni salad could be incredibly easy AND incredibly delicious? This macaroni salad is just that with the perfect blend of veggies and creamy dressing. | isthisreallymylife.com

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When I say this macaroni salad is the best ever macaroni salad, I’m not exaggerating. Of course, I guess that depends on your definition of “the best.” For me, the best is when a recipe is easy, requires “normal” ingredients, comes together quickly and is a total hit…especially with your dad.

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Best Ever Macaroni Salad -- Who knew macaroni salad could be incredibly easy AND incredibly delicious? This macaroni salad is just that with the perfect blend of veggies and creamy dressing. | isthisreallymylife.com

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This creamy macaroni salad is all of the above. Although the recipe has 10 ingredients on the list, half of those are for the dressing.

That so doesn’t count.

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Best Ever Macaroni Salad -- Who knew macaroni salad could be incredibly easy AND incredibly delicious? This macaroni salad is just that with the perfect blend of veggies and creamy dressing. | isthisreallymylife.com

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You won’t find anything fancy in this creamy macaroni salad although one of the dressing ingredients might surprise you. But then again, surprises often lead to super tasty dishes, which makes this the perfect dish for family picnics and backyard get-togethers.

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Best Ever Macaroni Salad -- Who knew macaroni salad could be incredibly easy AND incredibly delicious? This macaroni salad is just that with the perfect blend of veggies and creamy dressing. | isthisreallymylife.com

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I made this creamy macaroni salad for our Mother’s Day dinner at my mom’s and it was very well received (i.e., we all had seconds). I left my dad some leftovers and they were gone by the next day. I consider that a winning recipe!

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Best Ever Macaroni Salad -- Who knew macaroni salad could be incredibly easy AND incredibly delicious? This macaroni salad is just that with the perfect blend of veggies and creamy dressing. | isthisreallymylife.com

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Printable recipe for the best ever macaroni salad below. Enjoy!
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Best Ever Macaroni Salad
 
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Who knew macaroni salad could be incredibly easy AND incredibly delicious? This macaroni salad has the perfect blend of veggies and creamy dressing.
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Recipe type: Side Dish
Cuisine: Salad
Ingredients
  • 1 (16-oz) box macaroni pasta
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • ½ green bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • ½ red bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 2 cups mayonnaise
  • 1 (14-oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • ½ cup sugar or Splenda
  • ½ cup white vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Cook pasta according to package directions for al dente pasta. Drain and rinse with cold water; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl whisk together mayonnaise, sweetened condensed milk, sugar and vinegar. Add pasta and toss to coat. Add onion, peppers and celery and mix thoroughly. Dressing will look thin but will thicken as it is refrigerated.
  3. Refrigerate at least 4 hours before serving. (Refrigerating overnight is best!)

 
Best Ever Macaroni Salad -- Who knew macaroni salad could be incredibly easy AND incredibly delicious? This macaroni salad is just that with the perfect blend of veggies and creamy dressing. | isthisreallymylife.com

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Here are a few more salads perfect for summer picnicking!

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Creamy Bacon Broccoli Salad -- This creamy bacon broccoli salad is one of the best broccoli salads I've tasted. It features bacon, grapes, sunflower seeds and a creamy low-fat dressing. | isthisreallymylife.com


Creamy bacon broccoli salad

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Corn salad with tomato, basil and feta -- the perfect way to highlight farm fresh corn in the summer!


Corn salad with tomato, basil & feta

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The Best Asian Ramen Chicken Salad Ever -- power up the taste and nutrients of Asian ramen salad with 6 superfoods, rotisserie chicken and a to-die-for dressing!


Asian ramen chicken salad

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Pepperoni Pizza Pasta Salad


Pepperoni pizza pasta salad

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Homestyle macaroni salad


Homestyle macaroni salad

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Creamy Bacon Broccoli Salad

2017 May 12
by Emily Hill

This creamy bacon broccoli salad is one of the best broccoli salads I’ve tasted. It features bacon, grapes, sunflower seeds and a creamy low-fat dressing.

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Creamy Bacon Broccoli Salad -- This creamy bacon broccoli salad is one of the best broccoli salads I've tasted. It features bacon, grapes, sunflower seeds and a creamy low-fat dressing. | isthisreallymylife.com

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Bacon broccoli salad is one of my favorite summer salads.

Okay, it’s not specifically a summer salad but I feel like it’s mainly made and eaten between the months of April and September.

And while I enjoy most of them, sometimes they have too much red onion, not quite the right dressing or far too little bacon. But this…this creamy bacon broccoli salad is my fave.

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Creamy Bacon Broccoli Salad -- This creamy bacon broccoli salad is one of the best broccoli salads I've tasted. It features bacon, grapes, sunflower seeds and a creamy low-fat dressing. | isthisreallymylife.com

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It has the requisite broccoli and bacon but also features the right amount of thinly sliced red onion, halved red grapes and sunflower seeds tossed with a creamy dressing (which I made low calorie and low fat by using low-fat mayo and Splenda).

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Creamy Bacon Broccoli Salad -- This creamy bacon broccoli salad is one of the best broccoli salads I've tasted. It features bacon, grapes, sunflower seeds and a creamy low-fat dressing. | isthisreallymylife.com

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Two great things about this creamy bacon broccoli salad. One, it’s a nice break from the standard green salad. And two, you can make it a day or two ahead and refrigerate until ready to serve. I love make-ahead recipes!

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Creamy Bacon Broccoli Salad -- This creamy bacon broccoli salad is one of the best broccoli salads I've tasted. It features bacon, grapes, sunflower seeds and a creamy low-fat dressing. | isthisreallymylife.com

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Guess what else? Creamy bacon broccoli salad is the perfect side dish to pair with prepared meals like creamy macaroni & cheese. Hey, that’s two creamy things in one meal. I consider that a win!

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Stouffers Macaroni & Cheese.
Stouffers Macaroni & Cheese.

While homemade meals are the “golden standard” for many families, we live in a busy world where whipping up homemade dishes every night can be challenging. Stouffer’s Macaroni & Cheese is an easy solution that you can feel good about feeding your family. Stouffer’s Mac & Cheese recipe includes real, simple ingredients like freshly made pasta, cheddar cheese, milk and butter.

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#sponsored Stouffers Macaroni & Cheese -- pair Stouffer's Macaroni & Cheese with creamy bacon broccoli salad for an easy, balanced meal! | isthisreallymylife.com @stouffers #BalanceYourPlate #CLVR.

Research shows that Americans are only meeting MyPlate recommendations for vegetables, fruit, proteins, dairy and grains seven days out of 365. As shocking as that sounds, I’m not sure our family is meeting those recommendations on a daily basis except perhaps Sunday dinner. I’ve always been a fan of semi-homemade meals—pairing a nutritious (prepared) main dish with a salad, steamed or fresh vegetables or other side dish plus something dairy like yogurt parfaits with fresh fruit. Prepared foods are a great time saver and there are so many new dishes and flavors to choose from. Yay for timesavers and yummy things!

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#sponsored Stouffers Macaroni & Cheese -- pair Stouffer's Macaroni & Cheese with creamy bacon broccoli salad for an easy, balanced meal! | isthisreallymylife.com @stouffers #BalanceYourPlate #CLVR #sponsored.

Printable recipe for creamy bacon broccoli salad below. Enjoy!
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Creamy Bacon Broccoli Salad
 
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This creamy bacon broccoli salad is one of the best broccoli salads I've tasted. It features bacon, grapes, sunflower seeds and a creamy low-fat dressing.
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Recipe type: Salad
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • ⅔ cup low-fat mayonnaise
  • 2 T white wine vinegar
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ½ to 1 tsp salt
  • 2 T Splenda
  • 2 large heads fresh broccoli, cut into small florets
  • ¼ cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 10 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 cup grapes, halved
  • ½ cup sunflower seeds
Instructions
  1. Whisk together mayonnaise, vinegar, pepper, salt and Splenda in a small bowl; set aside.
  2. Combine broccoli florets, red onion, bacon, grapes and sunflower seeds in a large bowl. Add mayonnaise mixture and toss to coat.
  3. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

 
Wild Rice Salad - This wild rice salad is the perfect summer dish with its diced chicken, red bell pepper, snow peas, avocado and toasted pecans.


Wild rice salad with avocado & toasted pecans

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Corn salad with tomato, basil and feta -- the perfect way to highlight farm fresh corn in the summer!


Corn salad with tomato, basil & feta

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The Best Asian Ramen Chicken Salad Ever -- power up the taste and nutrients of Asian ramen salad with 6 superfoods, rotisserie chicken and a to-die-for dressing!


The best Asian ramen chicken salad EVER

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Pepperoni Pizza Pasta Salad


Pepperoni pizza pasta salad

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Tequila lime chopped chicken salad


Tequila lime chopped chicken salad

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Coconut Chocolate Chunk Cookies

2017 May 9
by Emily Hill

Coconut chocolate chunk cookies are a total crowd pleaser. They’re soft, chewy and the perfect dessert for backyard barbecues or poolside picnics!

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Coconut Chocolate Chunk Cookies - Coconut chocolate chunk cookies are a total crowd pleaser. They're soft, chewy and the perfect dessert for backyard barbecues or poolside picnics! | isthisreallymylife.com


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I really didn’t think I’d find a cookie recipe I’d like as much as my pudding cookie recipe. Pudding cookies never fail me and are always soft and chewy. But these coconut chocolate chunk cookies pleasantly surprised me. They didn’t spread out flat as pancakes like other classic chocolate chip cookie recipes I’ve tried and the flavor and texture were spot on.

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Coconut Chocolate Chunk Cookies - Coconut chocolate chunk cookies are a total crowd pleaser. They're soft, chewy and the perfect dessert for backyard barbecues or poolside picnics! | isthisreallymylife.com

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The hint of coconut was the perfect addition and paired delightfully well with the semisweet chocolate chunks. Of course, what doesn’t pair well with chocolate?

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Coconut Chocolate Chunk Cookies - Coconut chocolate chunk cookies are a total crowd pleaser. They're soft, chewy and the perfect dessert for backyard barbecues or poolside picnics! | isthisreallymylife.com

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There’s nothing fancy about these coconut chocolate chunk cookies—no special ingredients or need for refrigeration before baking. I do recommend using a scoop (as I do for pretty much all my cookie recipes) because it’s the best way to make your cookies turn out evenly. I so love perfectly portioned cookie dough!

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Coconut Chocolate Chunk Cookies - Coconut chocolate chunk cookies are a total crowd pleaser. They're soft, chewy and the perfect dessert for backyard barbecues or poolside picnics! | isthisreallymylife.com

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Printable recipe for coconut chocolate chunk cookies below. Enjoy!

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Coconut Chocolate Chunk Cookies - Coconut chocolate chunk cookies are a total crowd pleaser. They're soft, chewy and the perfect dessert for backyard barbecues or poolside picnics! | isthisreallymylife.com

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Coconut Chocolate Chunk Cookies
 
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Coconut chocolate chunk cookies are a total crowd pleaser. They're soft, chewy and the perfect dessert for backyard barbecues or poolside picnics! Makes approx. 4 dozen.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Cookies
Serves: 24
Ingredients
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 (11.5-oz) bag semisweet chocolate chunks
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Cream butter and sugars in a large mixing bowl. Add eggs and vanilla and beat well.
  3. Mx in salt, baking powder, baking soda and flour. Add chocolate chunks and coconut.
  4. Use a medium scoop or large spoon to place rounded tablespoonfuls of dough onto ungreased cookie sheet spaced about 2 inches apart.
  5. Bake 7 to 8 minutes but no more! Cookies will be very soft. Remove from oven and let cool 2 minutes before placing on a cooling rack. Cookies will set as they cool. Store leftovers in an airtight container.

 
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Chewy Peanut Butter Cup Cookies -- These chewy peanut butter cup cookies are a classic and always a hit at cookie exchanges. They're also perfect for those holiday cookie plates!


Chewy peanut butter cup cookies

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Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookies -- Harry & Horsie's CookieBot would have no problem inhaling these pretzel chocolate chip cookies. They're soft, chewy and chocolaty with the right amount of crunch!


Pretzel chocolate chip cookies

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Butterbeer Sandwich Cookies -- Butterbeer sandwich cookies are the perfect dessert for Butterbeer lovers. They're combine buttery butterscotch & toffee cookies with a rich, creamy butterscotch frosting and are simply magical.


Butterbeer sandwich cookies

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Healthy Orange Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies -- whole wheat flour, unsweetened coconut, orange zest and semisweet chocolate. A dense, chewy cookie packed with flavor!


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Healthy orange oatmeal chocolate chip cookies

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Salted caramel toffee Rolo cookies


Salted caramel toffee Rolo cookies

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Cowboy Caviar (Cowboy Salsa)

2017 May 5
by Emily Hill

Cowboy caviar (a.k.a. cowboy salsa) is perfect for feeding a large crowd on Cinco de Mayo, Taco Tuesday or any day calling for amazing chips and salsa!

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Cowboy Caviar - Cowboy caviar (a.k.a. cowboy salsa) is perfect for feeding a large crowd on Cinco de Mayo, Taco Tuesday or any day calling for amazing chips and salsa! | isthisreallymylife.com


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Cowboy caviar—or cowboy salsa if you’re less fancy—should probably be called cowboy crack. Except cowboy crack sounds a lot like plumber’s crack so maybe not. The problem is the name cowboy caviar doesn’t prepare you for how much of this salsa you’re going to inhale. Because as much as I love this fire roasted salsa and copycat Chili’s salsa, there’s something highly addictive about the variety of tastes and textures in cowboy caviar.

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Cowboy Caviar - Cowboy caviar (a.k.a. cowboy salsa) is perfect for feeding a large crowd on Cinco de Mayo, Taco Tuesday or any day calling for amazing chips and salsa! | isthisreallymylife.com

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Maybe it’s the sweet yellow & white corn combined with three different types of beans. Or perhaps it’s the freshly chopped celery, green onion and red bell pepper. My guess is it’s all of the above tossed in a sweet balsamic vinegar dressing. How can that not taste completely delicious?

Suggestion: Use a quality balsamic vinegar and apple cider vinegar to ensure the best flavor.

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Cowboy Caviar - Cowboy caviar (a.k.a. cowboy salsa) is perfect for feeding a large crowd on Cinco de Mayo, Taco Tuesday or any day calling for amazing chips and salsa! | isthisreallymylife.com

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Sure, cowboy caviar is amazing on the taste buds but it’s also super easy to throw together and perfect for feeding a large crowd. My family inhaled chips and salsa and even we can’t get through an entire batch. Fortunately my neighbors don’t seem to mind the leftovers!

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Cowboy Caviar - Cowboy caviar (a.k.a. cowboy salsa) is perfect for feeding a large crowd on Cinco de Mayo, Taco Tuesday or any day calling for amazing chips and salsa! | isthisreallymylife.com

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You’ll want to refrigerate your cowboy caviar overnight, which does require planning but means less prep work and mess the day of your Cinco de Mayo party. Yay for more time to eat all that delicious Mexican food!

Printable recipe for cowboy caviar below. Enjoy!
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Cowboy Caviar (Cowboy Salsa)
 
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Cowboy caviar (a.k.a. cowboy salsa) is perfect for feeding a large crowd on Cinco de Mayo, Taco Tuesday or any day calling for amazing chips and salsa!
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mexican
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 1 can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can black-eyed peas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can sweet yellow & white corn, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • ½ to 1 cup chopped green onion
  • Diced jalapeno pepper to taste
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup canola oil
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 1 avocado, diced (optional; folded in just before serving)
Instructions
  1. Combine pinto beans, black-eyed peas, black beans, corn, celery, red bell pepper, green onion and jalapeno pepper in a large bowl. (Don't add avocado until ready to serve.)
  2. Combine apple cider vinegar, balsamic vinegar, sugar, oil, salt and pepper in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil; boil until sugar dissolves. Let cool.
  3. Pour balsamic dressing over ingredients in bowl and toss to coat. Refrigerate overnight.
  4. Add avocado just before serving and toss to coat evenly (optional). Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container.

 
Cowboy Caviar - Cowboy caviar (a.k.a. cowboy salsa) is perfect for feeding a large crowd on Cinco de Mayo, Taco Tuesday or any day calling for amazing chips and salsa! | isthisreallymylife.com

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Here are a few more amazing Mexican appetizers for you to enjoy!

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5-Minute Spinach Salsa Queso -- Need a last-minute Cinco de Mayo appetizer? Try this 5-minute spinach salsa queso dip. It is creamy, cheesy and totally addictive! | isthisreallymylife.com


Spinach salsa queso

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Copycat Chilis Salsa -- After comparing other copycat Chilis salsa recipes and making a few tweaks, this version is by far the closest to the original...and extremely addictive.


Copycat Chili’s salsa

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Fire Roasted Salsa Recipe - This fire roasted salsa is one of my all-time favorite homemade salsa recipes and reminiscent of your favorite restaurant salsa! | isthisreallymylife.com


Fire roasted salsa

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Chocolate Chunk Hazelnut Blondies

2017 May 3
by Emily Hill

Try these soft, chewy, chocolaty chocolate chunk hazelnut blondies for a delicious twist on your traditional blondie recipe.

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I don’t think I’ve ever made a traditional blondies recipe. I’ve baked batches of chocolate caramel cookie blondies and even candy corn blondies but that’s the extent of my blondies experience.

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I’m actually way okay with that because my variations on blondies are always tasty. The same goes for these chocolate chunk hazelnut blondies—the combination of dark chocolate chunks and hazelnuts is delightful!

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Though the recipe didn’t specify dark chocolate chunks, I thought the flavor paired nicely with the hazelnuts. But if you prefer something less rich, try semisweet chocolate chunks or roughly chopping your favorite milk chocolate candy bar.

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Chocolate Chunk Hazelnut Blondies - Try these soft, chewy, chocolaty chocolate chunk hazelnut blondies for a delicious twist on your traditional blondie recipe. | isthisreallymylife.com

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Be very careful not to overbake these chocolate chunk hazelnut blondies. You do want the toothpick you’ve inserted in the center to come out clean, but you don’t want the bars to get too dark. Even if the center is slightly undercooked, it will set a bit while cooling. Plus, there’s nothing wrong with slightly gooey blondies!

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Chocolate Chunk Hazelnut Blondies - Try these soft, chewy, chocolaty chocolate chunk hazelnut blondies for a delicious twist on your traditional blondie recipe. | isthisreallymylife.com

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Feel free to adjust the amount of chocolate chunks and hazelnuts to taste. I prefer more chocolate (just like I prefer more cheese and more butter and more bacon), but you can scale it back if you think it’s too rich.

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Chocolate Chunk Hazelnut Blondies - Try these soft, chewy, chocolaty chocolate chunk hazelnut blondies for a delicious twist on your traditional blondie recipe. | isthisreallymylife.com

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Printable recipe for chocolate chunk hazelnut blondies below. Enjoy!
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Chocolate Chunk Hazelnut Blondies
 
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Try these soft, chewy, chocolaty chocolate chunk hazelnut blondies for a delicious twist on your traditional blondie recipe.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 24
Ingredients
  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • ⅔ cup unsalted butter, cubed
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ cup chopped hazelnuts
  • ¾ cup dark chocolate chunks
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9x13-inch baking dish with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. Combine brown sugar and butter in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until butter and sugar are melted and mixture is smooth. Note: sugar won't totally dissolve.
  3. Remove from heat and transfer to large mixing bowl; stir to cool.
  4. Stir in eggs, one at a time, then vanilla. Stir in flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt until thoroughly combined (batter will be thick).
  5. Spread batter in pan, smoothing out the top. Sprinkle hazelnuts and chocolate chunks evenly over the top.
  6. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cut into squares while still warm. Store leftovers in an airtight container.

 
Chocolate Chunk Hazelnut Blondies - Try these soft, chewy, chocolaty chocolate chunk hazelnut blondies for a delicious twist on your traditional blondie recipe. | isthisreallymylife.com

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